Self-Empowerment: Transvaal (1870)
Posted by tahirfarrath on February 16, 2010
(History of Muslims in South Africa)
The Malay community of Gauteng include Coloured converts to Islam, many Indian Muslims who for political (or economical) reasons preferred to be classified as Malay and a large section of Mauritian Muslims. These Muslims because of their poverty and dark skins had to asociate with Malays after being marginalised by the “other” Muslims communities. Malays of Gauteng as a minority group are not only being marganalised by the Muslim Indians, but also loosing their particular religious culture. They are facing the problem of maintaining their Shaafi’i traditions versus the Hanafiy majority. Although the Malays were the first Muslims in the Transvaal, they are constantly referred to third class Muslims by these “other” Muslims. Today, their committment, achievements and sacrifices to Islam have been denied in Gauteng for nearly a centuary. Futhermore, it remains a minority religious group within the Coured racial group under the Group Areas Act 41 of 1950 (M. Abduragiem Paulsen, 2003).